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Early Latin America A History of Colonial Spanish America and Brazil

ISBN-10: 0521299292

ISBN-13: 9780521299299

Edition: N/A

Authors: James Lockhart, Stuart B. Schwartz, Alan Knight

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This book provides a general history of Latin America in the period between the European conquest and the gaining of independence by the Spanish American countries and Brazil (approximately 1492-1825). It is both an introduction for the student at the college level and a provisionally updated synthesis of the quickly changing field for the more experienced reader. The authors' aim is not only to treat colonial Brazil and colonial Spanish America in a single volume, something rarely done, but also to view early Latin America as one unit with a centre and peripheries, all parts of which were characterized by variants of the same kinds of change, regardless of national and imperial borders. The authors integrate both the older and the newer historical literature, seeing legal, institutional, and political phenomena within a social, economic, and cultural context. They incorporate insights from other disciplines and newer techniques of historical research, but eschew jargon or technical concepts. The approach of the book, with its emphasis on broad social and economic trends across large areas and long time periods, does much to throw light on Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well.
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Book details

List price: $61.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/30/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 492
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

John Bierhorst's many books on Latin American folklore & mythology include "The Mythology of South America", "The Mythology of Norther America" & "The Mythology of Mexico & Central America". A specialist in the language & literature of the Aztecs, he is the author of a Nahuatal-English dictionary & the translator of Cantares Mexicanos. He served as editorial advisor for the Smithsonian Series of Studies in Native American Literature; editorial associate for The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces; & editorial consultant for the Encyclopedia of North American Indians. He lives in West Shokan, New York.

Stuart B. Schwartz is the George Burton Adams Professor of History and chair of the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University. His many books include "All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World".

List of tables, figures and maps
Preface
The Context
Iberian ways
Indigenous ways
Origins and Early Maturity
From islands to mainland: the Caribbean phase and subsequent conquests
Conquest society: central areas
Maturity in the Spanish Indies: central areas
Brazilian beginnings
Brazil in the sugar cane
The fringes
Reorientations
Late colonial times in the Spanish Indies
Brazil in the age of gold and absolutism
Epilogue: the coming of independence
Bibliography
Index